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  Polynesian Mythology
For when their ancestors moved out from the Polynesian nucleus in the western islands, they carried with them the knowledge of the same great mythological events, the names of their gods and of their many demi gods and heroes.
Every Polynesian chief traced his genealogy back to the gods and was therefore the living link with the mythological past.
Amongst the Polynesians genesis was conceived of either a process of growth or evolution from an intangible to a tangible state, or as the work of a pre-existent, omniscient creator who brought matter into existence, gave forms of the formless and set all in an established order.
www.janeresture.com /polynesia_myths/index.htm   (1501 words)

  Polynesian Islands
Polynesian languages are all members of the family of Oceanic languages, a sub-branch of the Austronesian language family.
It is probable that the Polynesian navigators employed a whole range of techniques including use of the stars, the movement of ocean currents and wave patterns, the air and sea interference patterns caused by islands and atoll s, the flight of birds, the winds and the weather (Gatty 1999).
Thus Polynesian navigators would have then been able to sail toward the star they knew to be over their destination, and as it moved westward with time they would then set their course by the succeeding star which would have then moved over the target island.
www.seattleluxury.com /encyclopedia/entry/Polynesian_Islands   (2074 words)

 Mythology - LoveToKnow 1911
The earliest attempts at a crude science of mythology were efforts to reconcile the legends of the gods and heroes with the religious sentiment which recognized in these beings objects of worship and respect.
The new theories of mythology are based on the belief that " it is man, it is human thought and human language combined, which naturally and necessarily produced the strange conglomerate of ancient fable."' But, while there is now universal agreement so far, modern mythologists differed essentially on one point.
But, while the possibility of the diffusion of myths by borrowing and transmission must be allowed for, the hypothesis of the origin of myths in the savage state of the intellect supplies a ready explanation of their wide diffusion.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Mythology   (17004 words)

 Polynesian Mythology
The Polynesians became masters of navigation and other seafaring skills, and their religion and myths strongly reflected the importance of nature and the sea.
The counterparts of Rangi and Papa in Hawaiian mythology were Ao and Po.
Although the Polynesian gods no longer play a major role in religion in most parts of the region, the rich heritage of myths and legends remains part of the literature, folklore, and imagination of native cultures.
www.mythencyclopedia.com /Pa-Pr/Polynesian-Mythology.html   (3218 words)

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-- the goddess of agriculture in Greek mythology, daughter to Cronus and Rhea.
-- the goddess of the hearth in Greek mythology, daughter to Cronus and Rhea.
-- the daughter of Geia in Greek mythology, representative of the moon.
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  Polynesian mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was settled by voyagers from the Polynesian heartland of Tonga and Samoa, who fanned out to island groups to the east, such as Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, and Hawai'i.
The various Polynesian languages are still close and there are many cultural similarities between the various groups.
Their mythologies in particular tend to be local reworkings of commonly shared tales.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Polynesian_mythology   (242 words)

 Mythology - Monstropedia - the largest encyclopedia about monsters
The word mythology (Greek: μυθολογία, from μυθος mythos, a story or legend, and λογος logos, an account or speech) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural events or characters to explain the nature of the universe and humanity.
In modern usage, mythology is either the body of myths from a particular culture or religion (as in Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology or Norse mythology) or the branch of knowledge dealing with the collection, study and interpretation of myths.
For the purposes of this article, therefore, the word mythology is used to refer to stories that, while they may or may not be strictly factual, reveal fundamental truths and insights about human nature, often through the use of archetypes.
www.monstropedia.org /index.php?title=Mythology   (2625 words)

 Ancient Mythology in the Known World
Egyptian Mythology: Khepri (or Khepra) was the one of the class of Egyptian gods associated with a particular animal.
Polynesian Mythology: Void space and the qualities of darkness as the primordial structures of creation are common themes for the cultures in Polynesia.
Each had her separate duty to perform: Clotho spun the thread of life; Lachesis fixed the length of the thread as she held it; and Atropos cut the thread with her shears when the span of life was done.
www.archetypal.com /xanadu/mythology/index.html   (2034 words)

The Polynesian culture is saturated with fascinating historical legends, both fictional and non-fictional.
The gods of the Polynesian pantheon range in degrees of importance, from great gods, such as Tangaroa, Tu, and Lono, to local gods who were previously deified priests or chiefs of great renown.
Polynesian women were readily given to the crewmembers for pleasure purposes and the abundance of fruit and other indigenous food was readily available for the malnourished sailors.
www.fiu.edu /~harveyb/traditionalmythsreligion1.html   (2428 words)

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In Greek mythology Orion, the hunter, was killed by the sting of Scorpius, the scorpion.
In Greek mythology Phaethon is indirectly killed by Scorpius, the scorpion, when he tries to drive the Sun's chariot across the sky.
www.suite101.com /reference/mythology   (1522 words)

 Thousands of POLYNESIAN NAMES OF GODS & GODDESSES for your DOG, CAT, HORSE, PET AND CHILD!  From Chinaroad ...
In the mythology of the Marquesas Islands, Atea is the giver of light.
In Australian aboriginal mythology (specifically: Wiradyuri and Kamilaroi), Daramulum (“one legged”) is a son of Baiame and Birrahgnooloo.
In Australian aboriginal mythology (specifically: Karadjeri), Dilga is a goddess of fertility and growth, and the mother of the Bagadjimbiri.
www.lowchensaustralia.com /names/polynesiangods.htm   (1544 words)

 Article: The Polynesian Voyagers, by Ramon Arjona
Thompson and the Polynesian Voyaging Society rediscovered these techniques during the Hokule'a project, largely through Thompson's work with Mau Piailug, an elderly man from Satwal, Micronesia who was one of very few who still practiced the ancient methods of instrumentless navigation.
The historical details of the Polynesian migration across the Pacific are subject to much debate, and most of the facts are obscured by centuries of myth.
It is clear that the Polynesians undertook ambitious voyages across the ocean and settled remote islands.
www.strangehorizons.com /2002/20020128/voyagers.shtml   (3490 words)

 Maori mythology and history - origin myths and folklore of the Maori of New Zealand
In Polynesian mythology, people, the elements and every aspect of nature are descended from the one primal pair, the Sky Father and the Earth Mother.
It was on the base of Polynesian culture that the intricacies of Maori culture were structured.
The presumed arrival of these later Polynesians is generally taken as marking the end of the Archaic era and the beginning of the Early Period of the Classic Maori era, although the two periods obviously overlap to a considerable degree.
www.maori.info /maori_history.htm   (4159 words)

 Polynesian Myths: Hawaii
The contrast between these vivacious entertainers and the solemn and dignified priests and bards were tremendous, but together they were guardian of the traditional lore and through them the Polynesians of Hawaii consciously preserve and transmitted the esoteric truths enshrined in their mythology.
Each story or cycle of stories in Polynesian mythology had its supporting cast and in many of them, with the frequency of a refrain, there appeared a character called Hina, who was sometimes a woman and sometimes a goddess.
She was most closely associated with the moon, and although she rarely received the worship accorded male gods, she was highly regarded in Polynesian mythology.
www.janeresture.com /polynesia_myths/hawaii.htm   (1702 words)

 STARLAB Portable Planetarium — Mythology Cylinders
Useful for astronomy, mythology, and ancient history for all grades; archeoastronomy and positional astronomy for the high school level.
Each cylinder is useful for astronomy, mythology, art, literature, social studies and ancient history for all grade levels.
The Lapp (or Sámi) Mythology cylinder depicts the outlines of figures from Nordic Lapp folklore.
www.starlab.com /slcylmyth.html   (1206 words)

 Spirits in Culture: Polynesian Mythology   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Polynesian storytellers divide the time during which legends are said to have taken place into to parts, "The Era of the Wind Clouds" or "The Night of Tradition," and "The Hearing of the Ears." The former is the shadowy past, the latter the more recent past.
Most of the gods are known only to a particular family or locality, but a few, mainly from eastern Polynesia, are widely known.
Polynesians believe that people are free to rebel against the gods, to cast aside gods who don
www.wsu.edu /~ice_age/mythology.htm   (1068 words)

 Greenwood Publishing Group I1   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prior to 1500 A.D. the Polynesians were the most widely spread people on earth, having settled an area of the Pacific, the "Polynesian Triangle," twice the size of the United States.
The Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology is the result of many years of research.
The individual entries were gleaned from nearly 300 sources in English, German, French, and Polynesian languages with the majority extracted from a number of primary sources that date generally in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
info.greenwood.com /books/0313258/0313258902.html   (416 words)

 Contributor Notes
The founder of the publishing company Pacific Bridge, she published Bobby: Polynesian Visions in 1992; this book was a homage to the paintings by Bobby Holcomb that were inspired by Polynesian mythology.
She had a Polynesian father and Italian mother and grew up in Tahiti, traveling to France at age eighteen to study at the school of Beaux Arts in Nice and Toulon.
For many years, she has been interested in all aspects of Polynesian culture and has participated in numerous colloquia and publications addressing the preservation of culture, memory, Tahitian poetry, written language, and oral and written literature.
www.hawaii.edu /mjournal/text/issues/descriptions/frenchpolynotes.html   (1396 words)

 PBS: Holo Mai Pele - Hawaiian Mythology
In Hawaiian mythology women were a powerful source of new life, and the life-giving source of mana, or spiritual power.
In the Polynesian world Mana Wahine — the power of woman — was a force that must never be ignored, for in a world where genealogical ranking meant everything, the first ancestor was the most powerful.
In Hawaiian mythology, the power of woman was a force that must never be ignored.
www.pbs.org /holomaipele/myth1.html   (771 words)

 Polynesian Mythology & Nga Mahi a Nga Tupuna: The University of Waikato Library
Polynesian Mythology & Nga Mahi a Nga Tupuna: The University of Waikato Library
Polynesian Mythology and Nga Mahi a Nga Tupuna
Polynesian Mythology : and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race : as furnished by their priests and Chiefs by Sir George Grey.
www.waikato.ac.nz /library/business/pub_polynesianmythology.shtml   (138 words)

 Other Myths
Sheikh Ali, in Malaysian mythology, a terrible king, in control of three kingdoms: the kingdom of flying horses, the kingdom of flying lions, and the kingdom of flying elephants.
Smaj, in Serbian mythology, the main guardian of Serbia, a winged man known to spit fire.
Kanae, in Polynesian mythology, a semi-spirit with the power to transform into a flying fish.
library.thinkquest.org /J0110426/myths/others.html   (109 words)

 Ata - Polynesian mythology
Tiki The concept of Tiki in Polynesian myths is quite complex: he is god, man, and the image of the god, with a notion somewhat similar to the Biblical concept that man was created in the image of God.
In most Polynesian creation myths the first beings, human or divine, are a male trinity, but in the mythology of Fenua Enana (Marquisas Islands) and Hawaii they are preceded by a female divinity, who is responsible for their emergence.
The ancient Polynesians often portrayed their gods as stars, and Fetu o Atea is the goddess of the morning star.
ata-tenui.ifrance.com /expo1/en.htm   (344 words)

 polynesian history - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
It examines his history and the context in which he...personal interpretation of Polynesian mythology and culture--in...his discovery of traditional Polynesian practices and animistic beliefs...
The native Polynesians speak Tongan, a Polynesian language, and the majority are Christian.
The population is primarily Polynesian and about 98% Protestant; most are members of the Church of...minister and cabinet, and a unicameral elected parliament.
www.questia.com /search/polynesian-history   (1514 words)

 BU Libraries | Research Guides | Mythology
Focuses on the allegorical traditions of Greek and Roman mythology in the works of medieval and Renaissance writers.
This is a translation of Lexikon der germanischen Mythologie.
Covers mythology and religion of all the Germanic tribes and includes the Eddas, the great sagas of Norse mythology.
www.bu.edu /library/guides/mythology.html   (1415 words)

 Perles de Tahiti - Polynesian Legends (1/2)
Polynesian mythology cites Tahitian pearls as the first cases of light, which were given by the Creator to Tane, God of harmony and beauty.
This latter illuminated the vault of heaven with their light, and their forms and brightness inspired him to create the stars.
In the Polynesian culture, the first two mythical pearls, which were given to a princess on earth by Oro, tutelary god of war and peace, were « Poe Rava », the extraordinary « Peacock » and « Poe Konini », the sculptural circled pearl.
www.perlesdetahiti.net /site/en/640.html   (396 words)

 Anthropology Review Database
Among the many critically important works one could cite Luomala's Voices on the Wind, Dixon's Mythology of Oceania, Grey's Polynesian Mythology, plus a host of regional and island group studies of legend, folklore and myth.
He served on the Council of the Polynesian Society and was the editor of its journal for twenty- two years.
Myths and Legends of the Polynesians was Andersen's contribution to historical ethnology, i.e., the use of language, tradition and genealogy in the search for Polynesian origins.
wings.buffalo.edu /ARD/showme.cgi?keycode=22   (420 words)

 Tahiti1.Com - The Polynesian Web Directory
Ruahatu is the Polynesian Neptune, god of the sea.
According to the legend from Raiatea it is he who caused the flood which struck the sacred island and submerged the mountain Temehani.
So that the Sun might forever shine, this Maori Promeheus is said to have tied the Earth to the Sun with the hair of his sister Hina.
www.tahiti1.com /legends/legend.htm   (614 words)

 Grey (1970) Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the Maori as told by their priests and chiefs   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Grey (1970) Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the Maori as told by their priests and chiefs
First published in London in 1854 under title, "Mythology and traditions of the New Zealanders.
An English translation was published under title: Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race, as furnished by their priests and chiefs.
www.getcited.org /pub/101894299   (124 words)

 Antiques Digest - Index 533
IN considering the mythology of these peoples it will be most convenient to begin with the cosmogonic myths, for these are not only in themselves very interesting, as presenting un-usual features, but also show, in an unmistakable manner, the composite character of the mythology as a whole.
WE have thus far considered the Polynesian cosmogonic myths and those which group themselves in a cycle about the hero Maui; but there is also a considerable mass of myth material which, although less systematic, is nevertheless of great importance in any survey of the mythology of the area.
IN drawing general conclusions regarding Polynesian mythology it was possible to employ a roughly statistical system, though with the clear realization that the use of this method was barely justified in view of the fragmentary character of the material.
www.oldandsold.com /articles/index533.shtml   (1456 words)

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